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    Review of Buddha Gear – Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness

    It was so much fun to receive this headband from Buddha Gear to review. Buddha Gear is Joy and Jason. Joy designs and sells hats, and has been for over 12 years. Jason is a guide and wellness coach, who has traveled extensively on his spiritual journey, wishing to help those experience their own spiritual awakening. Together, they have co-created Buddha Gear, a company making handmade, unique head gear such as headbands, beanies and hats. Putting their money where their mouths are, they donate a beanie to a homeless shelter for each one that is sold (go buy one!) Susan Morgain (SM): What was the impetus for starting this? Buddha…

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    She Who is All – Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Hestia & Vesta, the Goddesses of Hearth & Home As we enter into that time of the year when folks gather together with family and friends, what better time to honor Hestia and Vesta, the Goddesses of Hearth and Home, in Greece and Rome respectively. (Photo credit: goddessgift.net) Hestia is the Greek Goddess of Hearth and Home. She took no human form, but was only seen in the fire of the Hearth. Homes were built from the center outward; this center always being the hearth, in which Hestia was always welcome. She was honored each morning and evening with an offering from each family, at their respective hearths, Hestia’s sacred…

  • This Month's Holiday

    The Origins of the Yule Log

    (Photo Credit: pastemagazine.com) While the origins of the Yule log are attributed to the Scandinavian countries or to Germanic paganism, most would say the tradition started in Ancient Rome, where entire trees would be burned in an effort to keep away Kallikantzaroi. Silent prayers would be offered while the tree was burning. Kallikantzarois was a demon/goblin, who lived underground but who would surface during the 12 days of Christmas to wreak havoc. Legends surrounding him were also found in Southeastern Europe and Anatolia (Turkey). In France, the tradition was that the peasant would bring a gift to their Lord, hidden under a log and prayers would be offered when the…

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    Book Review – The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead by Ellen Evert Hopman

    Book Review The Sacred Herbs of Samhain: Plants to Contact the Spirits of the Dead by Ellen Evert Hopman 216 pages   What a perfect time of the year to review this book! Ellen Evert Hopman has written a very concise book on herbs to use in and around Samhain, and, most likely, at other time of the year, when one wishes to communicate with their ancestors. It begins with a very basic herbal primer – how to know if your herbs are of good quality, how to make salves, tinctures, poultices and more, all things that herbalists know. Part I is “Herbs of the Spirits and the Dead and…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Vajrayogini   (Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Guidebook by Meggan Watterson) Vajrayogini is considered to be the prime deity of the Tantric pantheon, the principal female deity of the Chakrasamvara Cycle of Yantras, and central to the practice of Vajrayogini Buddhism. She is a Dakini (Tantric Priestess) and female Buddha, the complete essence of Buddhahood in female form, and is common to all Tibetan Buddhism schools. Her red body symbolizes Her inner fire, while the flames surrounding her represent Her elevated wisdom and spiritual transformation. The ability to see with clarity in the future, as well as the present and past, is evident in Her third eye chakra. (Photo…

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    Book Review – Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Wales – A Practical Introduction to Welsh Deities and Their Stories by Halo Quin

    Book Review Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Wales – A Practical Introduction to Welsh Deities and Their Stories by Halo Quin I think most of us are aware of Moon Books, and their series entitled “Pagan Portals”. Our journeys start somewhere and Pagan Portals is the perfect starting point. They have numerous books on various Pagan topics. If you are not aware of them, this may be a good place to start; if you have read any of them, you might like to continue with this one. This book is exactly what it purports to be, “a practical introduction to Welsh deities and their stories”. I have a basic…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Dakini (Photo Credit: The Divine Feminine Oracle Deck by Meggan Watterson – Photo by Susan Morgaine) Female, Powerful. Supernatural. Wisdom. Enlightenment. The Dakini are beyond intelligence; they are the embodiment of female wisdom and enlightenment. Dakini, translated, means “sky dancer”. They are seen as the attendants of Kali. Like Her, they can be vengeful and protective. The Dakini can be unruly; they make their own rules and love their freedom. They can appear as intense or nurturing as they represent energy in in all of it’s ever-changing forms. Their resemblance to Kali is seen within the garland of skulls that they wear. She/they is also seen carrying a vessel of…

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    Book Review – The Practice of Nada Yoga: Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound by Baird Hersey

    Book Review The Practice of Nada Yoga Meditation on the Inner Sacred Sound by Baird Hersey Mr. Hersey has written a clear, concise explanation of the yoga of *listening*. The basics are all here. He begins at the beginning – what is Nada Yoga? There is a section on each of the four levels of sound: how to find inner sounds, how to quiet surrounding sounds, quieting the mind and adding visual focus, i.e. sights and colors. Each section includes guidelines and simple meditations to get started. Moving on to the *basic* nada meditation, he includes both simple, and more complex instructions. The author then goes to a section on…

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    Book Review – Yoga: 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week by Gertrud Hirschi

    Book Review Yoga 7 Minutes a Day, 7 Days a Week A Gentle Daily Practice for Strength, Clarityand Calm by Gertrud Hirschi As a long-time kundalini yoga instructor, I really enjoyed this book. It describes a gentle, wonderful path to a daily yoga practice, something everyone can benefit from. One of the things I found most enjoyable is the fact that Ms. Hirschi used certain exercises/postures for each day of the week, using the qualities and the energies of each specific day. Keeping in mind that different practices/traditions have alternate names for each day, the author uses the following: Sunday is the Day of the Sun Monday is the Day…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    SOPHIA (Image Credit: crystallinks.com) Wisdom is calling us, Sophia is calling Raising her voice, she stands by the city gates, at the crossroads, on the mountaintop. At every entrance, she is standing, shouting to us: “O people”, she calls, “learn from me!” Listen to me, for I speak nothing but the truth. Know my ways, for they are richer than silver. Know my secrets, and you do not need gold. Listen to me, my words are more precious than rubies. My words are riper than figs, sweeter than dates, more nourishing than applies and olives. Kings and princes and careful judges know me, and so do those who simply love…